Stochastic Determination of Wave Heights for Flood Control Channels

by Scott E. Stonestreet, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Physical model data for subcritical and supercritical flow has been collected and analyzed to determine a statistically-based relationship for wave runup heights in a trapezoidal channel. It is anticipated that this investigation may lead to an analytical approach which may quantify the uncertainty in computed water surface elevations due to perturbation-induced wave activity. This information may be combined with traditional one-dimensional numerical analysis to provide statically-based maximum water surface elevations which can be used to establish top of wall levee/wall design for flood control channels.

Subject Headings: Channels (waterway) | Wave runup | Stochastic processes | Floods | Wave height | Water surface | Walls

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